Private Project

Kiwi Breeze

Filmmaker Ruari Muir remembers a giant crane turning up outside his parent's house in London, 2001. His unusual nextdoor neighbour, Steve, had spent the previous nine years building an ocean-going yacht in his back garden.

The whole street watched in amazement as the 44ft steel vessel was crane-lifted over the rooftops and driven away to a London docks on a lorry. When it finally got into the water, Steve took his family on the adventure of a lifetime, setting sail for New Zealand, some 24,000 kilometres away, where they would start a new life.

Ruari lost touch with Steve and his family in 2001, but tracked them down in 2017 to find out what happened. 'Kiwi Breeze' tells the inspirational story of one man’s determination to achieve his dream.

  • Ruari Muir
  • Ruari Muir
  • Steve Kermode
    Key Cast
  • Luca Franco
    Sound Editor
  • Erik Aanderaa
    Additional Camera
  • Jake Lea-Wilson
    Additional Camera
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    adventure, portrait
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    850 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    New Zealand, United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Ruari Muir

Broadcast film editor by trade, Ruari has been in the television industry for 7 years, cutting prime time documentaries for the likes of the BBC and Channel 4.

With a passion for story telling, he believes the edit is the most creative part of filmmaking and hopes to direct in the future. Ruari likes to make short films in his spare time for fun and continues to develop his craft with every project.

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Director Statement

Ever since I was a teenager I knew I wanted to tell stories. However, being more of an introvert, I find it easier to tell these through film, rather than speaking them out loud.

My inspiration usually comes from real life and all the great people I have met. I enjoy listening and often find that true stories are usually more interesting than fiction.

As an editor, I love being handed the rushes of a new project and thinking of the infinite ways of how the story could, and should, be told. I hope that by learning to direct through editing, this will lead to fulfilling my ambition of becoming a director.